Monday 23 October 2017

Cork Con out to atone for derby agony by knocking 'Tarf off perch

Declan Rooney

Cork Con can take a firm grip at the top of AIL Division 1A if they put leaders Clontarf to the sword at Temple Hill tomorrow.

Both sides have lost just once this season, but the Dubliners face a difficult task against Tom Mulcahy's side, who will be keen to recover from their derby defeat to Dolphin before the international break.

Fresh from that victory, Dolphin face another all-Munster tussle against Young Munster at Tom Clifford Park.

Just one point separates the two sides – the Cookies hold the advantage over Dolphin thanks to an extra losing bonus point accumulated.

Back-to-back defeats had stunted Young Munster's good start to the season, but they also went into the two-week lay-off on a high after a win over Garryowen.

SOLACE

The search for a first triumph of the season goes on for the Dooradoyle men, with Ballynahinch not likely to provide much solace on their home patch tomorrow.

After a patchy start to their Division 1B campaign, Shannon got back on track with two wins from their last three outings. They will find out how far they have progressed when they travel to Lakelands Park to face unbeaten leaders Terenure College.

Likewise, UL Bohs will be given a good yardstick of their form when undefeated second-placed Corinthians travel to Annacotty.

In Division 2A, UCC will hope to continue their climb up the standings with victory over Rainey Old Boys at the Mardyke, while Cashel entertain Bective Rangers. Old Crescent travel to meet City of Derry, Highfield are away to Galwegians, and Old Wesley host Bruff.

Division 2B leaders Nenagh Ormond will hope to retain their 100pc record with victory at home to Instonians. Midleton and Rochmond face off at Towns Park, Sundays Well welcome Suttonians to Musgrave Park, while Thomond and Navan meet at Liam Fitzgerald Park. All games kick-off at 2.30 tomorrow.

Irish Independent

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